Anthony Rizzo helped the Cubs pull off a wild 9-6 win in the desert on Saturday night …
Rizzo also hit a three-run double in the fifth, finishing the game with a career-high-tying six RBI. St. Louis lost again in Kansas City, so the Cubs are now just 2 1/2 games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central.
Rizzo, 25, is batting .322/.444/.586 with nine home runs and 29 RBI in 42 games this season.
Kauffman Stadium is usually covered in red during the now-annual interleague meeting between the Cardinals and Royals. And not much has changed in that regard this weekend. But those Cardinal-red clad fans haven’t had nearly as much to cheer about.
In the series opener Friday night, the American League Central-leading Royals jumped out to a three-run first inning lead against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn and went on to win 5-0. St. Louis struck first on Saturday, but it was the Royals who were on top 3-2 when the game was halted by rain in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second and Salvador Perez laced an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. Play did not resume, giving Kansas City its fifth straight win.
The forecast for Sunday’s series finale is rough-looking. If the game is played, it’ll be 23-year-old Michael Wacha trying to pitch the National League Central-leading Cardinals out of a potential sweep against their cross-state rival. 23-year-old Yordano Ventura is on tap for the Royals.
There’s some pretty good baseball being played in Missouri.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Rangers 15, Yankees 4
Mariners 3, Blue Jays 2
Phillies 8, Nationals 1
Pirates 8, Mets 2
Astros 3, Tigers 2
Twins 4, White Sox 3
Reds 1, Indians 2
Brewers 2, Braves 3 (11 innings)
Athletics 5, Rays 0
Giants 10, Rockies 8 (Game 1)
Angels 3, Red Sox 8
Cardinals 2, Royals 3 (6 innings)
Orioles 0, Marlins 1 (13 innings)
Padres 0, Dodgers 2
Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 6
Giants 3, Rockies 5 (Game 2)
Bryce Harper was very upset about his third-inning ejection from Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, and rightly so. Harper went off in the clubhouse afterward, and Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com got the money quote …
“I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump tonight. Plain and simple,” Harper said. “I really don’t think they did. Especially when we’re playing the Yankees. The Yankees are a good team, we’re a good team and we’re rolling. I don’t want to get tossed. There’s no reason for me to get tossed in that situation. I don’t think I did anything bad to get tossed. Maybe he just had a bad morning or he didn’t get his coffee.”
Watch the ejection again at this link (or in the embedded video below). Harper was thrown out for leaving the batter’s box, but he only left the batter’s box after home plate umpire Marvin Hudson took his mask off and stepped toward the Nationals’ dugout to begin chirping with manager Matt Williams …
Williams also did some venting after the game, an eventual 3-2 victory for Washington. Again via Hughes: “Doggone it, he’s our best player and arguably the best player on the planet right now,” said Williams. “And we need him in the game. And I don’t feel as if there was any need to throw him out.”
Adam Eaton of the White Sox homered Wednesday night for the first time since last April 12. MLB.com has the video. It’s unfortunately not embeddable.
That ended a span of 627 plate appearances without a dinger for Eaton. He has always been more of a gap-to-gap, line-drive hitter, but it’s a little surprising the 26-year-old doesn’t randomly send a few more over the fence considering how many chances he gets as the primary leadoff hitter for the White Sox.
U.S. Cellular Field on the south side of Chicago is known as a power-friendly park.
Check out this fantastic defensive play Wednesday night from Tigers catcher James McCann …
McCann entered play Wednesday with a respectable .293/.321/.413 season batting line. The 24-year-old former second-round pick has been big for Tigers with Alex Avila out indefinitely due to a left knee injury.